Talkeetna River Guides

Where the mountains meet the rivers!

Now taking reservations for the 2024 season.

2024 Dates May 20 – September 15th.

“You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” -Jim Harrison 

Welcome to Talkeetna River Guides! Your local family owned raft company!


Whether you are an experienced adventurer or a family traveling with children, TRG‘s scenic float trips fit a broad spectrum of tastes. Few places in the world rival the scenic beauty of Denali (known also as “the Great One” in the Tanana Athabascan dialect) and the glacier-fed river valleys of the southern slopes of the Alaska Range.

Located just 120 road miles northeast of Anchorage, the quaint, historic town of Talkeetna sits near the confluence of three mighty rivers, the Susitna, the Chulitna, and the Talkeetna. TRG operates out of a yurt on Main Street.

Other activities in the area include hiking in Denali State Park, flightseeing amidst the spectacular peaks of the Alaska Range, and remote wilderness exploration in the unspoiled reaches of Denali National Park and the nearby Talkeetna Mountains — just to name a few.


Daily River Trips

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir


Talkeetna River

Natural History Float Trip


Few places in the world can equal the scale and beauty of Denali and the Alaska Range. On this two hour narrated Float Trip, you will see spectacular vistas of this magnificent scenery. Explore the lower end of the famous Talkeetna River, which is steeped in history and the Alaskan pioneering spirit.


Chulitna River Float

Floating the south side of Denali


Rafting through the pristine Alaskan wilderness your float will begin in Trapper Creek, Alaska where you will see vistas and magnificent scenery most folks just read about or experience via magazines.

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Let’s go rafting! 

Talkeetna River Guides is proud to be locally owned and operated!

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Overnight River Trips

“The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed.” -John Muir



1 night

Chulitna River

Floating the southside of Denali


Enjoy a leisurely overnight raft trip with us on the Chulitna and Susitna Rivers. With breathtaking views of the Alaska and Talkeetna Range, our naturalist-guides will lead you on a truly unique excursion catering to all ages.

2 nights

East Fork Chulitna River

Adventure with some white water


Float in remote and clear streams. Camp in a pristine wilderness area at the river’s edge. Bear viewing is a typical attraction on this trip, also moose, porcupine, wolf, eagle, and fox. Small whitewater section.

3 nights

Chunilna (“Clear”) Creek

Fly in and raft out adventure


Wildlife abounds here. Catch a short “bush” flight 29 miles up Clear Creek, to a prime spot at the river’s edge. The river side camping is deluxe and the food is excellent.

See what guests are saying about T.R.G.

Great afternoon in Talkeetna!

We had a great few hours riding the river as a family of 4 with young kids. They were so nice and knowledgeable of the area, and we could spot some birds, test some berries and learn about the ecosystem while having fun. Highly recommended if you are looking for a smooth ride with young kids and a bit of history about the area, this is the place to go.

Thank you Talkeetna River Guides for a great sunny afternoon in Talkeetna!!

Incredible kid-friendly float trip!

My young daughter (7 years) and I had the best time together floating the 2 hour Talkeetna River trip! Our guide Chris was so patient with my little girl who has special needs – easing her anxiety and answering hundreds of questions about wildlife. I was also impressed by how the guides accommodated a few elderly people with some mobility challenges, and even someone using a walker. I can’t recommend this trip enough to everyone … that is if you’re looking for a peaceful, scenic, low-key wilderness adventure. Not many tour businesses are independently run like TRG and their 25+ years experience plus the personal attention to each customer is evident in all you do. Well done TRG and thank you for such a memorable trip!

Just wow!

We booked the 4-hr river float online before our recent Alaska trip and loved it! Our guide Andrew was terrific! He did an outstanding job navigating the channels of the Chulitna River. It’s chilly on the river so be sure to wear a warm jacket. Highly recommend this company! An added bonus is that they take pictures of your take-off which can be downloaded to your phone for an additional modest fee. We were well-pleased with our float.